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Monday, September 16, 2013
Broncos news and notes: RBs and penalties

By Jeff Legwold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It seems no matter how many plays the Denver Broncos have run on offense as they have jumped in and out of warp speed over their first two games, there is still only one football to go around.

A fact certainly not lost on the team’s running backs these days.

The Broncos ran the ball 29 times against the Giants, 13 by starter Knowshon Moreno, 12 for Montee Ball, one for Ronnie Hillman, and three kneel-downs for quarterback Peyton Manning. Moreno, the only back averaging more than four yards per carry and the preferred option in the three-wide receiver set, figures to keep leading the carry totals in the foreseeable future.

While Broncos coach John Fox keeps getting asked about Ball carrying the ball more, he said Ball and Hillman are in a rotation that will continue to be just that. Asked Monday if Ball’s first-quarter fumble limited his carries or if Hillman’s carries were limited for any specific reason, Fox said:

“No, it’s just hard to get three people in there … You just kind of go with how you prepared guys through the week, and some guys get more reps than others.’’

What it means is Moreno will remain at the top of the depth chart, with his 5.5 yards per carry average, with Ball and Hillman sorting out what’s left over.